Exceptional Employers, We Need You!


By Director Barbara Palmer

APD, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Blind Services are looking for outstanding Florida employers with a history of hiring people with disabilities. We want to recognize exceptional businesses from around the state who are committed to employing people with disabilities. We hope you will nominate an Exceptional Employer to be considered for this prestigious award.


iBudget Redesign Public Meeting


On July 17, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Agency for Health Care Administration, hosted a public meeting to gather suggestions to improve the iBudget Florida Medicaid waiver.


Webinar Hosted on APD iConnect


APD held an informational webinar for providers regarding APD iConnect on July 25. The webinar was kicked off by APD Director Barbara Palmer and attended by over 1,450 providers, Waiver Support Coordinators, and their employees.


Stocking Up on Smiles


A good attitude, work ethic, and outlook are key for success at any workplace. Luckily, Amey Patterson brings all three to her job with T.J. Maxx.


Around the State


Hurricane Exercise


On July 24, the APD Emergency Operations Command Staff, consisting of Karen Hagan, Eddie Kay Harris, Beth Mann Pace, and Doug Roberts, conducted an annual hurricane exercise to ensure everyone is prepared if disaster strikes.

Family Care Councils Meet


Representatives from the 15 Family Care Councils met on July 19 and 20 in Orlando. New chairperson Patricia Oglesby led the meeting.

Tacachale Variety Show


At a joyous evening for participants and spectators alike, 15 talented acts took the stage at Tacachale’s Variety Show on July 10.

Family Care Council Area 1 Hosts Scent Evidence K9


Family Care Council Area 1 hosted Scent Evidence K9 as part of an awareness campaign on July 16 at Marcus Point Baptist Church in Pensacola.

ADA 29th Anniversary Celebration Held in Pensacola


The Center for Independent Living Disability Resource Center (CILDRC) celebrated the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with a “Takin’ it to the Streets” awards and volunteer recognition luncheon at the Pensacola Yacht Club on July 26.

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